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A new year always brings a sense of renewal: a chance to have fresh start. While having to pack away all your Christmas wonder may bring a tear to your face, keep in mind the end result: a spacious living environment that may feel like a completely new house. A blank slate can be exciting, but also daunting! After all these winter months, reorganizing and deep-cleaning a space may seem long and cold without some fun-filled projects.

This winter, its important to concentrate on a few wonderfully simple ideas aimed at refreshing and reorganizing your life and home, to give you a fresh start to a new year. (And hopefully a new you!)

Here are five simple necessities that are a must to combat those January blues:

1. Black Bean Soup

Panera has a great option on their menu: black bean soup! Not only is their black bean soup warm and comforting on those cold days, but it is also nutrious and much better for the body than many alternatives.

If you don’t feel like running out to your local Panera, try this simple recipe:

  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ cup of your favorite salsa
  • ¼ fresh minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic

Heat in a kettle until hot and enjoy. For an extra special presentation, garnish with avocado and fresh cilantro!

2. Nancy Meyers Movies

It’s Complicated, The Holiday, and Something’s Gotta Give are perfect for a relaxing evening set to the tone of an inspirational romantic comedy. Pay close attention to the music she picks and her set design. Her choices always evoke classic colors and timeless beauty. Trust us, you’ll be ready to move into any of the homes featured in her movies!

(click on pictures above to purchase these movies on Amazon.com)

3. Bodum Coffee Press

We could never make its on these blustery mornings and nights without our coffee press to help keep us caffeinated and warm. Not only do Bodum coffee presses make wonderful coffee and tea, but they also offer a great travel mug and coffee press in one! You’ll never be able to say you didn’t have time to make the coffee in the morning!

4. Organization Items

Classic wire baskets by Ballard Designs

A new year means it is time for you to start organizing your home! There are so many fun and stylish options on the market for you to choose from when picking folders, binders and office essentials.

Ballard Designs, Target, and CB2 have a plethora of options at a variety of prices to start organizing your spaces. From file boxes to storage bins, get excited thinking of the possibilities you have to clean and organize in style!

5. Smartphone Gloves

Admit it: you may be a bit addicted to your phone. How couldn’t you be? They hold everything in your life.

But when it is so cold outdoors, taking your gloves off to text a friend or answer an important call becomes frustrating! Thankfully, you aren’t the only one who thought so! Many companies are starting to make gloves that allow you to use your touchscreen phones through your gloves. Hallelujah!

Check out a selection of these gloves on Amazon.com.

January gives you time to hunker down in your home and enjoy the indoors. Drink a delightfully delicious cup of coffee while organizing, or watching a classic movie and stay warm!